Anti-discrimination measure or blow to religious freedom?

California bishops oppose bill that would prohibit firing workers for having an abortion or giving birth to a child out of wedlock, say it would violate First Amendment right "to infuse our codes of conduct with the tenets of our faith"

A measure that would bar employers from firing workers for having an abortion or giving birth to a child out of wedlock is getting pushback from religious groups who say such a bill would prevent them from requiring employees to act in accordance with their faith. Under the bill by Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher (D-San Diego), employers would not be able to discipline … [Read more...]

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A lot more than pensions at stake in case before Supreme Court

Could determine whether religious orders are considered part of the Church under the law

A Supreme Court case about pension plans of religious hospitals could decide something much bigger – whether religious groups are legally part of churches. “There’s really a big problem if you decide ‘church’ is sort of narrowly ‘worship’,” said Eric Rassbach, deputy general counsel at the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty. “That’s really something that a church should be … [Read more...]

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Head reattached to St. Serra statue in Monterey’s Lower Presidio Park

Statue was vandalized more than a year ago, police say they will coordinate a security plan to keep it from happening again

The head of the St. Junipero Serra statue in the Lower Presidio Historic Park in Monterey has been reattached to the rest of its form after being vandalized more than a year ago. City officials and police say they will coordinate a security plan to keep it from happening again. “The consideration now is the physical security of the site itself,” said Jim Laughlin, a Presidio … [Read more...]

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Trump preparing new executive order to protect religious freedom

Draft of the proposed order was circulated among political activists in Washington, prompting enthusiasm from religious leaders and criticism from secular liberals

President Donald Trump is preparing to release a new executive order, designed to protect religious freedom. Speaking on February 2 at the National Prayer Breakfast, Trump said that religious freedom is “a right under threat all around us.” He promised: “My administration will do everything in its power to protect religious liberty in this land.” As the President was … [Read more...]

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California bans state-funded travel to Kansas

A 2016 Kansas law enables religious groups on college campuses to require their members to adhere to their religious beliefs, which California says discriminates against LGBT people

California has banned state-funded travel to Kansas after determining that the Sunflower State is one of four in the nation with laws that it views as discriminatory toward gay people. The policy could prevent public universities in California from scheduling sporting events with Kansas teams and raises the question of whether teams will travel to Wichita in 2018, when the … [Read more...]

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Lawsuit leads city to remove cross from public park

After standing in Santa Clara for more than six decades, the 14-foot cross was taken down and will be donated to Santa Clara University

The battle over a large iconic cross in the South Bay has come to an end. After standing in Santa Clara for more than six decades, the 14-foot cross was taken down -- by a lawsuit. A Santa Clara man and Wisconsin-based Freedom from Religion Foundation sued the city last April, claiming the cross violated the separation of church and state because it stood in a public … [Read more...]

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The Supreme Court oral argument that cost Democrats the presidency

Christians of a traditionalist bent believed that liberals not only reduce their deeply held beliefs to bigotry, but want to run them out of their jobs, close down their stores and undermine their institutions

The following comes from a December 7 Washington Post opinion piece by David Bernstein: The presidential election was so close that many factors were “but-for” causes of Donald Trump’s victory. One that’s been mostly overlooked is Trump’s surprising success with religious voters. According to exit polls, Trump received 81 percent of the white evangelical Christian vote, and … [Read more...]

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